In this article, I am going to talk about the Sanremo Music Festival (il Festival di Sanremo), the most popular Italian song contest. It takes place every year in the homonymous city of Sanremo.

This Festival is a big event, and the entirety of Italy will be focused on it for at least a week. If you want to know more about it, keep reading!

The Sanremo Festival: a social and cultural phenomenon

As with every year, with the arrival of February, the Sanremo Festival also makes an appearance. This famous event taking place in the Ligurian city of the same name keeps millions and millions of viewers glued to their television.

Although music is and remains the undisputed queen of the event, Sanremo is a real social and cultural phenomenon. It is the topic of the moment, and everyone is talking about it; there are often conflicting opinions, sometimes critical but there is also some amount of praise. TV shows examine all aspects related to this event: the presenters, the set design, the clothes worn, the national and international guests, and of course, the songs. In short, everything is analyzed with a magnifying glass, and this is why this festival is so special: for better or for worse, the most important thing is talking about it!

The songs and the performers of the Festival

Let’s go to the heart of the Sanremo event: the songs and its performers.

Especially in recent years, efforts have been made to leave room for various genres of music and singers with different artistic paths behind them. It is not uncommon to find the big names in Italian music who have already shown all their value and who reconfirm their skill and determination on stage, as the great Ornella Vanoni did in 2018.

However, there are also the new recruits, which cannot yet boast a great deal of experience and who use Sanremo as a springboard. These are the youngest artists who have just entered the world of entertainment, or those who have participated in talent shows in recent years.

The songs that have made the history of Italian music

There are many Sanremo songs presented for the first time on that stage, and that have entered the history of Italian music.

These songs are known by everyone, young and old. They are so popular that only by hearing the title or by listening to a few notes we are able to hum them. Don’t believe it? Let’s take a look at some examples.

  • Toto Cutugno: L’Italiano vero

This singer is loved abroad and his song L’Italiano, which entered the contest in 1983, has been translated into several languages. The chorus of this song says:

“Lasciatemi cantare con la chitarra in mano

Lasciatemi cantare una canzone piano piano

Lasciatemi cantare perché ne sono fiero

Io sono un italiano un italiano vero”

If you don’t recognize the song by these sentences, watch the video, and I’m sure you’ll say: “Of course, I know this song!”

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  • Andrea Bocelli: Con te partirò

It’s impossible don’t to know this artist. Andrea Bocelli brought Italian music all over the world, and it is impossible don’t know this beautiful song from 1995.

Part of his chorus says:

Con te partirò

Paesi che non ho mai veduto e vissuto con te

Adesso sì li vivrò

Con te partirò

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  • Domenico Modugno: Nel blu dipinto di blu

Here is one of the most famous Italian songs sung abroad. It is a masterpiece of our music and more than sixty years after its release, it does not show any signs of aging and has nothing to envy of today’s songs.

“Volare oh, oh

Cantare oh, oh, oh,

Nel blu dipinto di blu

Felice di stare lassù”

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